A Phenix City man faces accusations he had hand grenades and flash bangs that belonged to Fort Benning, police said.
Parrish Edwards, 31, currently is only charged with a theft charge out of Columbus. It’s the subsequent search of his house that led to accusations he had military-grade explosives, said Phenix City Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel.
Columbus police issued a warrant for Edwards on accusations he stole a 46-inch television from Sam’s Club. Phenix City police then went to his McIntosh Creek Road home on Halloween to serve the warrant, Casteel added.
“When we went to his house, he ran out of his house with a military-grade distraction device,” the chief said. “We call it a flash bang.”
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Edwards, a civilian contract employee who works with computers on post, threatened to use the device and ran to a nearby woodline. Officers persuaded Edwards against using the flash bang, and they took him into custody, Casteel said.
Edwards was extradited to Georgia, and Phenix City police executed a search warrant on his home on Nov. 1. Officers recovered the television.The investigation then led police to a storage shed not on Edwards’ property.
“We found some stuff in there, some explosives from Fort Benning,” Casteel said. “We found the actual hand grenades. They are real hand grenades that have been traced back to Fort Benning.”
Casteel said Edwards faces an outstanding warrant for possession of a destructive device.
More charges could be filed, though the chief said they likely will be from a federal agency.
Phenix City police and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the case, Casteel said.